Episode 29: The Rains of Castamere

“The Lannisters send their regards.”
– Roose Bolton

The Starks and Tullys attend the Red Wedding and Westeros is forever changed. Daenerys continues her winning streak in Slaver’s Bay by claiming the city of Yunkai with the help of her new ally. In the North Bran learns how to control his magic, much to Jon Snow’s benefit.

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Before making their way to the Twins Robb takes a moment to explain his plan of attacking Casterly Rock to Cat. She asks why he has come to her with this, he responds that he once ignored her council regarding Theon Greyjoy and lost Winterfell as a result and he will not repeat the mistake. Cat seems touched by the gesture, she agrees the plan is a bold one but has faith in her son.
Robb Stark earns 3 Alliance points for trusting his mother’s council.
Catelyn Stark earns 3 Alliance points for regaining her son’s trust.

At the Twins Robb and his party are given bread and salt, the traditional sign of hospitality while Lord Walder Frey proves as blunt as he was with Cat 2 seasons ago. Robb offers his apology for forsaking his vow to wed one of his daughters, but Lord Frey insist he apologize to them. After making a few lewd comments towards Talisa he accepts the apology and offers Robb’s men his hospitality.

Outside Yunkai, Daenerys plans her attack on the city. Daario suggests a plan using a lightly defended back gate, with his betrayal of Yunkai not yet know they will let him in and they can open the main gate. Though Jorah Mormont is skeptical, Grey Worm says he trusts Daario. As the captains depart, Ser Barristan offers to accompany them, but Jorah refuses. Noting that if Daario should prove false he is all that is left to protect Daenerys.

Sam and Gilly continue their journey to the wall. He explains that while they are still far from Castle Black they are near the Nightfort, the first castle built on the Wall. There is a secret door which leads through the wall right into the castle. Gilly is astonished that he could know so much from staring at marks on a paper remarking that he is “like a wizard,” deeply pleasing Sam who once wished to be a wizard as a child. They stop as Gilly gazes in awe at her first look at the Wall.

Sandor and Arya comes across a pig farmer whose wagon had broken on the road. As Sandor helps him repair the wheel the man tells him he is bringing pork to the wedding feast. When finished Sandor knocks the man out and moves to kill him, but Arya protests. He tells her that her kindness will get her killed, she responds by knocking the man out again as he starts to come to.
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane earns 1 Wound point for knocking out the pig farmer.
Arya Stark earns 1 Wound point for knocking out the pig farmer.

The Stark boys and their party make their way through “the gift.” Brandon explains to Osha that the lands had been given to the Night’s Watch to support them with food and horses. Meera wonders why no one lives here as it’s good land free of war. Bran says that it is mostly abandoned as a result of Wildling raids. A storm rolls in and the group decides to take shelter in a nearby windmill.

Orell uses his eagle to scout a nearby home and tells Tormund there is only an old man and horses. They plan to attack and steal his horses and gold. Jon argues they should only they take the horses and leave the man behind as the Night’s Watch was more likely to come looking for murderers than horse thieves. Tormund wants the Night’s Watch to come though, as they are easier to attack outside of their castle. However in the attack charge Jon hits his sword against a rock alerting the man and distracts Ygritte when she tries to shoot the fleeing man with an arrow.
Orell Skinchanger earns 1 Magic points for warging

Sandor mocks Arya for continuing to stare at the Twins as if it were about to move. He calls her out for being scared she’s not going to make it to her family. He tells her the fear is written all over her face, but she coldly responds that she saw fear in his face back during his fight with Beric. She reveals she knows his fear of fire and the cause, the burn scar on his face was a token from his hated brother Gregor. She promises Sandor one day she will put a sword in his eye.

In the mill the group discusses how they will cross the Wall when Meera spots a rider, the old man fleeing the wildlings who have caught up with him. The thunder crashes and Hodor begins yelling frightened by the noise. He grows louder and Jojen pushes Bran to stop him before the wildlings hear him. Bran wargs into Hodor silencing him.
Bran Stark earns 1 Magic point for warging into Hodor.
Hodor earns 1 Magic point for Bran warging into him.

Tormund and his group surround the man and he surrenders. Tormund moves to kill him, but Orell says Jon should do it to prove his loyalty. Inside the mill Jojen tells Bran to Warg into Summer, but Bran says he has only ever done it while sleeping. Jojen explains that he just did with Hodor and that Summer will be easier. Outside Jon draws his sword and raises it, but when he hesitates Ygritte kills the man with an arrow. Orell and Tormund reach for their swords and Ygritte moves to protect Jon, but he pushes her out of the way. Jon attacks Orell while Tormund restrains Ygritte. Jojen continues to urge Bran and he is able to warg.
Bran Stark earns 1 Magic point for warging into Summer.

The direwolves, Summer and Shaggy Dog, burst into the fray killing wildlings while Jon fights Orell. Before killing him, Jon tells the skinchanger the he had been right about Jon’s loyalties the entire time. As he dies Orell is able to warg into his eagle and attack Jon. He knocks it away and claims the old man’s horse, escaping.
Jon Snow earns 3 Morghulis points for killing Orell, -1 Wound point for being attacked by the eagle, and 1 Survival point for escaping the Wildlings.
Orell Skinchanger receives -5 Death points for being killed, 1 Magic point for warging into his eagle and 1 Wound point for attacking Jon as his eagle.
Ygritte earns 1 Morghulis point for killing the old man and -3 Betrayal points for Jon’s abandonment.
Tormund Giantsbane receives -3 Betrayal point for Jon’s defection back to the Night’s Watch.
Bran Stark earns 1 Morghulis point for killing a wildling as Summer.

In Yunkai Daario proves he is true to his word. His ruse with the guards work and they are able to enter the city. He calls for Jorah and Grey Worm and the three are able to make quick work of the guardsmen. Daario even saves Jorah proving his loyalty, however it doesn’t take long for a second wave of guards to come.
Daario Naharis earns 3 Victory points and 1 Morghulis point for defeating the first wave of guards.
Jorah Mormont earns 3 Victory points and 1 Morghulis point for defeating the first wave of guards.
Grey Worm earns 3 Victory points and 1 Morghulis point for defeating the first wave of guards.

At the Twins, the wedding ceremony begins. A nervous Edmure is surprised when he is presented with the lovely Roslin, assuming Lord Frey would pick one of his less desirable daughters. The wedding ceremony takes place and the two are wed.
Edmure Tully earns 3 Alliance points for his marriage to Roslin.
Roslin Frey earns 3 Alliance points for her marriage to Edmure.

To the north Jojen tries to explain to Brandon that while skin-changing is not uncommon Beyond the Wall, the ability to warg into a person was unheard of. Bran tells Rickon he saw Jon escape. Osha says that means he’ll be heading to Castle Black and they should too. But Bran notes that it may already be under attack. He decides that Osha should take Rickon to House Umber known to be loyal bannerman. Rickon tries to protest, but Bran tells him it is not safe where he is going, to find the Three-Eyed Raven beyond the wall. The brothers share a tearful goodbye and Osha promises to protect Rickon and tells Meera to do the same for Bran.

Daenerys grows impatient as she waits for news with Barristan. Suddenly Jorah enters the tent telling her that she had been right. The slave soldiers had thrown down their spears and surrendered. She asks what of Daario and he appears brandishing the yunkish banner declaring the city is hers.
Daenerys Targaryen earns 3 Victory points for defeating the Yunkish slavers.
Razdal mo Erazearns -3 Betrayal points for the deceit of the Second Sons and -3 Defeat points for the surrender of his army.

Edmure’s wedding feast looks to be a joyous celebration. Cat notes how very pleased her brother is with his new bride despite all his concern. Her uncle congratulates Roose Bolton on his new marriage to one of Walder’s daughters before excusing himself to find a privy. Lord Walder then stands and announces it is time for the bedding ceremony to raucous agreement. Men and women of House Frey laugh as they bring the newly weds to bed shedding their clothes along the way.

Suddenly the doors close and the tone shifts dramatically as the musicians begin playing the Rains of Castamere and outside Robb’s wolf Grey Wind begins to whine. At the castle gate Sandor is denied entry being told the feast is over, but Arya will not be thwarted and makes a run for it. In the hall Lord Walder calls for Robb’s attention. Cat becomes increasingly unnerved and then notices that Roose Bolton is wearing mail. She slaps him and calls to her son, but it is too late. Lothar Frey approaches Talisa stabbing her repeatedly in the womb. The musicians then drop their instruments producing crossbows raining arrows on Robb and his men. Walder Frey sits at the dais reveling in the carnage.
Robb Stark receives -3 Betrayal points for the deceit of Lords Frey and Bolton.
Catelyn Stark receives -3 Betrayal points for the deceit of Lords Frey and Bolton.
Edmure Tully receives -3 Betrayal points for the deceit of Lords Frey and Bolton.

Outside Arya sees a group of Northmen laughing, comforted by the mention of Winterfell and drinking, but is horrified when Frey men approach and slaughter them. She hears Grey Wind locked in a pen and watches as they surround it and fetter him with arrows. Arya runs again into the Hound who tells her they are too late and knocks her out.
Arya Stark receives -1 wound point for being knocked out by Sandor.
Sandor Clegane earns 1 Wound point for knocking out Arya.

Back in the castle Robb crawls to Talisa. Walder halts the carnage to mock his grieving King. Cat grabs a dagger and holds it to Walder’s young wife. She asks him to let her and Robb leave or she will open his wife’s throat. She swears that they will forget this and seek no vengeance, but Walder tells her she swore oaths before that were broken. Robb lays his dead wife’s head down and rises. Roose Bolton appears stabbing him in the heart repeating Jaime’s message “The Lannisters send their regards.” Cat lets out a howl and cuts the girl’s throat. As she stands in mute horror Black Walder appears and slits her throat.
Talisa Maegyr receives -5 Death points for being killed.
Robb Stark receives -5 Death points for being killed.
Catelyn Stark earns 1 Morghulis point for killing Walder’s wife -5 Death points for being killed.
Roose Bolton earns 3 Alliance points for partnering with Houses Frey and Lannister and 5 Morghulis points for killing Robb.
Walder Frey earns 3 Alliance points for partnering with Houses Bolton and Lannister and 2 Morghulis points for ordering the deaths of Starks and Tullys.
Lame Lothar Frey earns 5 Morghulis points for killing Talisa.
Black Walder Rivers earns 5 Morghulis points for killing Cat.

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